James Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in the Mail on Sunday.

David Cameron's former director of strategy Steve Hilton has argued for a vote to leave the EU (Photo: Rex)

There are Tory modernisers supporting Brexit — just ask Steve Hilton

23 May 2016 13:21

Steve Hilton coming out so strongly for Brexit is important for two reasons. First, it is a reminder that the…

International Paralympic Day in Trafalgar Square

The Boris, Cameron ruck over EU

21 May 2016 10:25

David Cameron and Boris Johnson are the two biggest beasts in the Tory jungle. But they are currently involved in…


Why a second EU referendum is already looking likely

19 May 2016 16:41

David Cameron wants a ‘definitive’ victory in this referendum, one that will settle the question of Britain’s EU membership for…

A deal has been reached in the junior doctors dispute

18 May 2016 17:54

A deal has been reached between the government and the BMA on the new junior doctors contract. The deal now…

The State Opening Of Parliament

Corbyn could have done wonders for his reputation, if he’d only made today’s speech shorter

18 May 2016 17:38

The speeches in the Commons which follow the Queen’s Speech blend together humour with some serious points. They are the…

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The Queen’s Speech contained some post-referendum salve

18 May 2016 13:17

The Queen’s Speech today provides the agenda which David Cameron will turn to post-referendum to try and unite the Tory…

Boris Johnson Leads 48Hour Brexit Blitz Of Campaigning

Has Boris Johnson’s defection to ‘Out’ scuppered the sovereignty bill?

18 May 2016 11:05

Back in the days when Boris Johnson was still deciding which way to go on the EU, Number 10 were…


Which polls are you going to believe?

16 May 2016 18:55

Today’s ICM phone and online polls are a reminder that the polls aren’t going to offer much certainty about the…

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Why the Queen won’t be the centre of political attention next week

14 May 2016 10:31

In normal times, the government clears the decks ahead of the Queen’s Speech. It wants to ensure maximum publicity for…


Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood has created drama in Wales

11 May 2016 18:35

A dramatic day in Wales today. The vote for First Minister ended in a tie between Labour’s Carwyn Jones and…

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These results have made Labour’s problems worse

7 May 2016 9:00

As the dust settles on Thursday’s election, it becomes ever clearer that—with the exception of London—these were awful results for…

Sadiq Khan wins the London mayoral race

6 May 2016 18:13

Sadiq Khan is the new Mayor of London. After what seemed like an eternal wait, withs second preferences counted, he…

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The SNP’s decline has finally begun

6 May 2016 12:04

We are past peak SNP. The party has won a third successive Scottish Parliamentary election, an achievement that is not…


PMQs: David Cameron says Gary Lineker should keep his pants promise

4 May 2016 13:22

It was gloves off time at PMQs today. With elections taking place across the UK tomorrow, David Cameron went for…

Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott says it is smear to say Labour has a problem with anti-Semitism

1 May 2016 12:35

Labour might have hoped that the announcement of an independent inquiry into the issue of anti-Semitism in the party would…

Labour Leadership Contender Jeremy Corbyn Talks To Supporters In The North West

The battle for Labour’s soul

30 April 2016 10:18

Normally, when we talk about a party being in ‘crisis’ we are really referring to a policy dispute or a…

Jeremy Corbyn And Ken Livingstone Attend A Labour Leadership Rally

Jeremy Corbyn must now confront Labour’s anti-Semitism problem

28 April 2016 11:20

What is being said by senior figures in the Labour party about anti-Semitism at the moment is as depressing as…


Jeremy Corbyn’s reluctance to suspend Naz Shah was revealing

27 April 2016 16:39

Naz Shah has now been suspended by the Labour party over the anti-Semitic comments she made before she became an…


PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn couldn’t repeat last week’s good performance

27 April 2016 14:28

After his best performance as leader at PMQs last week, Jeremy Corbyn was back to his lacklustre self today. He…


Junior doctors should be completely ashamed by today’s strike

26 April 2016 7:00

The junior doctors’ strike that starts today has a strong claim to be the most selfish and irresponsible piece of…

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Theresa May has revealed she is a reluctant member of the In campaign

25 April 2016 13:52

One of the worst kept secrets at Westminster is that Theresa May has a distinctly low opinion of Boris Johnson.…

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Number 10 might be more confident than ever of EU referendum victory, but they’re still trying to load the debate dice

23 April 2016 10:00

Downing Street is more confident than it has ever been that the EU referendum will be won. It is not…


PMQs: David Cameron brings up Sadiq Khan’s extremist links

20 April 2016 13:39

Today’s PMQs was a reminder that the old fashioned approach of detailed, forensic questioning on a single topic works best.…

Conservative Party Autumn Conference 2015 - Day 1

Government reserves the right to take military action without parliamentary approval

18 April 2016 13:41

One of the more significant constitutional innovations of recent times is the assumption that the government must get parliament’s permission…

G7 Leaders Meet For Summit At Schloss Elmau

Boris v Barack on Brexit

16 April 2016 10:55

The US President flies into town next week to wish the Queen a happy 90th birthday and to encourage Britain…